16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

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16 days in Hawaii Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13 h 45 min
1
Honolulu, Oahu
— 7 nights
Fly + Bus:  3 h 15 min
2
Lahaina, Maui
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 15 min
3
Honolulu, Oahu
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

7
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
In many ways much more Asian than American, Honolulu is Hawaii's largest city and its center of government, transportation, commerce, and tourism.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kailua Beach Park and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Head to Ala Moana Center and Waikele Premium Outletsfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Honolulu: Haleiwa (Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach Park), Lanikai Beach (in Kailua) and Polynesian Cultural Center (in Laie). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Waikiki Beach, appreciate the history behind USS Arizona Memorial, don't miss a visit to Battleship Missouri Memorial, and steep yourself in history at Iolani Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Honolulu trip builder.

Sydney, Australia to Honolulu is an approximately 14-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Hawaii Standard Time (HST) is minus 20 hours. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in December, and nighttime lows around 24°C. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lahaina.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kailua, Haleiwa, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waikele Premium Outlets
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Ala Moana Center ©
Ala Moana Center
Waikiki Beach ©
Waikiki Beach
Kailua Beach Park ©
Kailua Beach Park

4
nights
Lahaina, Maui

Lahaina ©
Once the booming capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the tropical paradise of Lahaina still remains one of Maui's top vacation attractions, providing both culture and recreation.
We've included these beaches for you: Ka'anapali Beach and Napili Beach. Head to Glass Mango and Maui Arts & Cultural Centerfor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lahaina: Wailea Beach (in Wailea) and Haleakala Crater (in Haleakala National Park). There's much more to do: make a trip to Lahaina Banyan Court, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Maria lanakila Catholic Church, and look for gifts at Pakaloha Bikinis.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lahaina itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Honolulu to Lahaina in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in January, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Honolulu.

Things to do in Lahaina

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Haleakala Crater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Wailea Beach
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Ka'anapali Beach ©
Ka'anapali Beach
Wailea Beach ©
Wailea Beach
Haleakala Crater ©
Haleakala Crater

2
nights
Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at King Kamehameha Statue, browse the different shops at Royal Hawaiian Center, and then don't miss a visit to Ko Olina Lagoons. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Turtle Bay Beach and then buy something for everyone on your list at Don Quijote.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Honolulu custom trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lahaina to Honolulu takes 3.5 hours. On the 7th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Honolulu

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Turtle Bay Beach, Ko Olina Lagoons
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Ko Olina Lagoons ©
Ko Olina Lagoons
Turtle Bay Beach ©
Turtle Bay Beach
Don Quijote ©
Don Quijote

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